Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 review: ‘good’ is as good as it gets

14th October 2019

I have been using the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 for about a week now, and it has accomplished something remarkable: it’s made me decide to stop saying there are no good smartwatch options for Android users. Released just six months after its predecessor, the Active 2 is a reasonably good option. Some software issues keep it from being great, though. And if your phone isn’t made by Samsung, plan…

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Lyft joins Uber in suing New York City over limits on cruising time

12th October 2019

Lyft filed a lawsuit Friday against the city of New York over regulations that limit the amount of time drivers can cruise certain busy parts of Manhattan without a passenger. The ride-hailing company called for the Taxi and Limousine Commission’s “highly damaging cruising rule” to be eliminated. “Lyft supports comprehensive congestion pricing, which is the most effective way to reduce traffic,” Lyft spokeswoman Campbell Matthews said in a statement. “But…

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Microsoft has dedicated Office and emoji keys on its new keyboards

12th October 2019

Microsoft’s latest keyboards now include dedicated Office and emoji keys. The software giant was previously experimenting with an Office key on keyboards earlier this year, and now the company is launching a new Ergonomic and slim Bluetooth Keyboard that include the dedicated button. The Office key replaces the right-hand Windows key, and it’s used to launch the Office for Windows 10 app that acts as a hub for Microsoft’s productivity…

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Social Security cost-of-living increase to raise benefits 1.6% in 2020

11th October 2019

Modest cost-of-living increases for Social Security recipients are back. The 68 million Americans who rely on Social Security will receive a 1.6% bump in their benefits next year, the Social Security Administration announced Thursday. For an average retiree who gets a monthly check of $1,460, that adds up to an additional $23.40 a month, according to the Senior Citizens League, an advocacy group. “People are going to be dipping into…

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Three easy ways to block robocalls fast

11th October 2019

The FCC recently ruled in your favor in a 3- 2 vote allowing phone companies to block unwanted robocalls and spam texts. Maybe it was the vocal majority who lodged some 215,000 complaints. While the regulator made a bold move in the right direction, however, it didn’t force the phone companies to take action. But regardless of whether the phone companies decide to help us all out by slamming the…

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Beware a New Scam That Asks for Your Bank PIN on the Phone

10th October 2019

How easy is it to get caught up in a financial phishing scam? Just ask Twitter user Pieter Gunst. He faced “the most credible phishing attempt I’ve experienced to date,” he wrote, outlining the steps that almost fooled him. His ordeal is a reminder that even the most cautious people can be targeted by increasingly sophisticated scammers. Here’s how it happened: Gunst got a call from someone claiming to be…

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Uber and Lyft Drivers Talk About Getting Ripped Off

10th October 2019

After a monumental political battle, California passed AB5, a law that will make it much harder for gig economy companies to classify their workers as “independent contractors.” Now, the same political battle is coming to New York. That means it’s a perfect time to hear from Uber and Lyft drivers, in their own words. The app-fueled rise of the gig economy is based in large part on the ability of…

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3 smart Social Security moves you can make right now

9th October 2019

Social Security benefits can play a major role in retirement, particularly if your savings alone aren’t enough to cover all your expenses. Although relying on your monthly checks for the majority of your retirement income isn’t recommended, your benefits can significantly help pay the bills. In order to make the most of your money, though, you’ll need to have a Social Security strategy going into retirement. Even if retirement is…

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Twitter misused security information for advertising purposes

9th October 2019

A Twitter security feature may’ve wound up costing people their data privacy, the company said in a statement Tuesday. Twitter said it recently discovered that email addresses and phone numbers meant to be used for security “may have inadvertently been used for advertising purposes.” You can give Twitter your phone number for protections like two-factor authentication, which is supposed to make it harder for hackers to access your account —…

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Lyft launches a driver rewards program

8th October 2019

Lyft is rolling out rewards for its drivers to give them access to things like cash bonuses, ride credits and free or discounted tax services. Initially, the rewards program will be available to drivers in Austin, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Nashville, New Orleans, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. Drivers earn points for every eligible dollar earned while they drive during their respective city’s busiest hours. From there,…

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Beware Non-Cash Items IRS Says You Must Report on Your Taxes

7th October 2019

One of the main presumptions of the U.S. tax system is that just about everything can be taxed as income. When it comes to taxes, most countries are more forgiving than the U.S. At tax time, you should think about all the income you collected for the prior year, but it’s wise to worry about these issues all year long so you try to steer clear of problems. You don’t…

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Are your bank deposits safe? Potential problems could be brewing

7th October 2019

Chances are good that you haven’t thought much about the safety of your bank deposits lately. Most of the time, like now, it’s just business as usual for financial institutions. But when banks get into massive trouble, lots of bad things happen. Just think back to the last recession, when hundreds of financial institutions failed and depositors worried about the safety of their money. That’s why it’s good to review…

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